President attends USC junior day

The Gamecocks held their annual junior day event on Saturday, welcoming in several of the top junior prospects from around the Palmetto State and beyond. One of the top recruits in attendance was Wando (Mt. Pleasant, SC) three-star defensive end Gimel President, who projects to be one of the premier d-line prospects in the state of South Carolina in the 2012 recruiting cycle.


Gimel President, who measures in at an athletic 6-4 and 250 pounds, discussed his unofficial visit to South Carolina with GamecockAnthem, shortly after finishing up the junior day festivities.

"I'd been to South Carolina a couple of times before, but this was a good trip," said the Wando High School product. "They talked about the new facilities, especially the (academic center), and we went to see the locker room. We went to the training room, and they showed off the new stuff there. It was good."

President also had the opportunity to interact with several of the USC coaches while he was on campus, and they made him feel welcome during his time in Columbia.

"I talked with the d-line coach (Brad Lawing) a lot. He's a nice guy. I also talked with coach Spurrier and coach Spurrier Jr. They were happy that I came out to their junior day."

The talented defensive line prospect claims early offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Central Florida, and South Florida. He does not have any favorites at this point in the process, and he is in no hurry to make a decision. President said he is likely going to wait until signing day to make a commitment.

President, who has been timed running an impressive 4.66 seconds in the forty yard dash, shared his thoughts on a few of the schools that are recruiting him early on.

South Carolina - "Their coaching staff and their defensive line coach, I like them a lot."

Clemson - "I like how they treated us when we went up there. We put our jersey on, and they gave us our number and everything. They let us run down the hill. It was like it was a game day and everything."

North Carolina - "They put out a lot of d-linemen and d-ends. They have good academics and all of that."

The in-state lineman said that he plans to make several more visits in the coming months. Two of those stops are already scheduled, as he plans to visit North Carolina on March 5th and UCF on March 26th.

Lastly, when it comes time to make a decision on his college choice, President mentioned a few key factors that he will look at to help him decide.

"Academics, graduation rates, early playing time, and that's basically it."

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